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Arpaia, Mary Lu
CE Subtropical Horticulturist
- College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
- Botany & Plant Sciences
Research Specialization -Subtropical horticulture, postharvest handling, and physiology.
- BA Botany 1975
- University of California, Berkeley
- MS Horticulture 1980
- University of California, Davis
- PhD Plant Physiology 1985
- University of California, Davis
2006 California Avocado Society, Award of Honor
2002 Recipient, Resolution of Appreciation, (presented by the Citrus Research Board)
2001 Recipient, Art Schroeder Memorial Award, October (presented by the California Avocado Commission, Production Research Committee)
1998 Co-Recipient, (with G. Bender, B, Faber, M. Freeman, C. Kallsen, N. Sakovich, N. O’Connell, P. Mauk) American Society of Agronomy, Educational Materials Contest, Newsletter Category for “Subtropical Fruit News.” October 1998
1997 Co-Recipient (with J. Morse, R. Metcalf and R. Rice), Recognition for Outstanding Service, February (presented by the California Avocado Commission to the UC Center for Exotic Pest Research)
1996 Co-Recipient, (with G. Bender, B, Faber, M. Freeman, C. Kallsen, N. Sakovich, N. O’Connell, P. Mauk) American Society of Agronomy, Educational Materials Contest, Newsletter Category for “Subtropical Fruit News,” November 1996
1995 Co-Recipient, (with G. Witney, G. Bender, M. Freeman, B. Faber, C. Kallsen, N. Sakovich, N. O’Connell and R. Neja) American Society for Horticultural Science, Extension Education Aids Award, “Subtropical Fruit News”
1991-92 Non-Senate Distinguished Researcher Award, University of California, Riverside
Subtropical Horticulture with an emphasis on scion and rootstock evaluation, preharvest factors influencing fruit quality and postharvest handling of citrus and avocados.
Selected ones from last 5 years
Fetscher, A. E., T. Davenport, S. Shafir, A. Dag, N. Waser, M. L. Arpaia, 2000. A review of avocado pollination and the role of pollinizers. Subtropical Fruit News. 8(1-2): 21-25.
Mickelbart, M. V. and M. L. Arpaia. 2000. Branch position affects cherimoya leaf analysis results. Subtropical Fruit News. 8(1-2):29-31.
Ahmed, M., M. L. Arpaia and R. W. Scora. 2001. Seasonal variation in lemon (Citrus limon L. Burm. f) leaf and rind oil composition. J. Essential Oil Res. 13(3):149-153.
Arpaia, M. L., D. Boreham and R. Hofshi. 2001. Development of a new method for measuring minimum maturity of avocados. California Avocado Society 2001 Yearbook. 85:153-178.
Arpaia, M. L., A. E. Fetscher, R. Hofshi. 2001. Avocado Flowering Basics. AvoResearch 1(2):4-5.
Dodds, J. A., d. Mathews, M. L. Arpaia, G. W. Witney. 2001. Recognizing Avocado Sunblotch Disease. AvoResearch. 1(3): 2 page Insert. Oct. 2001.
Crowley, D. E., W. Smith, B. Faber, M. L. Arpaia. 2001. Trace Metal Nutrition of Avocado. AvoResearch 1(3):6-8, 12. Oct. 2001.
Ferguson, L., M. L. Arpaia, T. Chao, H. Reyes, P. Metheny. 2001. Current field evaluations of mandarin cultivars for California. Citrograph. 86(2):6,10.
Ferguson, L., M. L. Arpaia, T. Chao, H. Reyes, P. Metheny. 2001. Current field evaluations of mandarin cultivars for California. Part II. Citrograph. 86(3):8-11.
Mickelbart, M. V., R. Miller, S. Parry, M. L. Arpaia and R. Heath. 2001. Avocado leaf surface morphology. California Avocado Society 2000 Yearbook. 84: 139-150.
Oster, J.D., D. Stottlemyer and M.L. Arpaia. 2001. Production function method logy describes the salinity effects on avocado yields and water use. Proc. 2001 California Plant and Soil Conference, California Chapter of American Society of Agronomy and California Plant Health Association, Feb. 7 - 8, 2001. Fresno Ca. p146.
White, A., A. Woolf and M. L. Arpaia. 2001. Long term storage of ‘Hass’ avocado using 1-MCP. Perishables Handling Quarterly. No. 108 (November 2001): 21 – 23.
Liu, X., J. S. Sievert, M. L. Arpaia, and M. A. Madore. 2002. Postulated physiological roles of seven-carbon (C7) sugars, mannoheptulose and perseitol, in avocado. J. Am. Soc. Hort. Sci. 127(1):108-114.
Mickelbart, M. V. and M. L. Arpaia. 2002. Rootstock influences changes in ion concentrations, growth, and photosynthesis of 'Hass’ avocado trees in response to salinity. J. Am. Soc. Hort. Sci. 127(4):649-655.
Oster, J. D. and M. L. Arpaia. 2002. Setting TMDL’s for salinity and chloride based on their effects on avocado (Hass) productivity. In: J. C. McGahan (ed.). Proceedings. Helping Irrigated Agriculture Adjust to TMDLs. Sacramento, California, October 23-26, 2002. p. 241-252. US Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, Denver, CO.
Dag, A., A.E. Fetscher, O. Afik, Y. Yeselson, A.A. Schaffer, Y. Kamer, N.M. Waser, M.A. Madore, M.L. Arpaia, R. Hofshi, and S. Shafir. 2003. Honey bee (Apis mellifera) strains differ in avocado (Persea americana) nectar foraging preferences. Apidologie. 34(3):299-310.
Woolf, A. B., A. White, M. L. Arpaia and K. C. Gross. 2004. Avocado. In: K. C. Gross, C. Y. Wang and M. Saltveit (eds). Agriculture Handbook Number 66. The Commercial Storage of Fruits, Vegetables, and Florist and Nursery Stocks. Available on the web: http://www.ba.ars.usda.gov/hb66/(A draft review copy is available on the internet which was last updated in April 2004. Hard copy not yet published and uncertain when this will take place.)